St Clements Ewell vote to livesimply

We’re delighted to hear that the parish of St Clement’s in Ewell have overwhelmingly agreed to sign up for the livesimply parish award.

Jonathan Inns, CAFOD volunteer, has been drumming up interest in the initiative for a while and at a impressively attended launch meeting on Sunday the 22nd of May the decision was made to work towards being a livesimply parish.

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Jonathan Inns-piring the people of the parish

The livesimply award is an opportunity for Catholic communities – parishes, schools, religious orders and chaplaincies – to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.

St Clements Parish Ewell livesimply group with their banner made from recycled materials

St Clements Parish Ewell livesimply group with their banner made from recycled materials

What is the livesimply award?It is awarded to communities who can show how they have been living:

• simply
• in solidarity with people in poverty
• sustainably with creation.

Currently the diocese has one livesimply parish, St Mary of the Angels in Worthing, but several are on the journey to the award. Our parish volunteer, Rod Thick, who took his parish through the whole process is happy to visit to share his experience and support you through the process.

Our sincere thanks to Jonathan, the team and the parish for working towards a better world.

If you are interested in the award for your own community please do get in touch: arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk or 01483 898 866.

 

 

St George Students raise funds by soaking their teachers and making cake

Staff at St George’s College in Weybridge put themselves in the line of fire to help raise funds for our Lent Fast Day appeal shortly before Easter. Students donated generously for the chance of hurling wet sponges at their teaches. Students were delighted and staff were wet, despite their attempts to cover up with ponchos.

A crowd of St George's pupils soaking their teachers

A crowd of St George’s pupils soaking their teachers

The water based challenge was particularly fitting as the focus of our Lent Fast Day appeal was Florence who had received training to become fish farmers.

There was also a cake sale to aid in the efforts, all of which raised £584 for our work. The event was organised by two students who are part of our young leaders training program. They will also be helping to lead a social justice day for year 8s later on in the year.

We would like to thank the organisers, the soaked and willing teachers and all who took part in the fundraising. Our thanks also go to St George’s for the photos.

The West Bank, a chance to hear what everyday life is like.

LIFE ON THE WEST BANK

What is life like for Palestinians in Bethlehem? What impact does the Israeli occupation have on their everyday activities? Paul Farmer spent three months living alongside Palestinians as part of the Ecumenical Accompanier Programme, which is run by the Society of Friends (Quakers) on behalf of the World Council of Churches. You are warmly invited to hear about his experience and learn more about the situation in Palestine:

8:00pm on THURSDAY 19 JULY

ST CUTHBERT MAYNE SCHOOL

ST NICHOLAS AVENUE

CRANLEIGH

SURREY GU6 7AQ

 

This is being organised by the Cranleigh & Bramley Parish Justice & Peace Group. There will be Palestinian products available to buy.  Everyone is welcome.